Colic for young babies includes painful indigestion. Symptoms of colic include gas, bloating and pain during and after feeding; spitting up may also be a sign of colic. Causes come from feeding baby the wrong type of formula or reaction to something in the formula; also reaction to mother’s milk when the mother is eating the wrong foods or is stressed. Colic also may happen when the child is stressed or is eating solid foods too early.
Modern medicine uses acid-reducing medicines for colic which may make the body feel better but may be toxic or disrupt the digestion further.
Naturally, the best thing to do is find the cause-usually dietary for mom or child. There are several great colic solutions that help the baby’s digestive system to work normally. Ideally the child should be breast fed until the child’s eye teeth come in, signifying the digestive enzymes are starting to flow and the baby can be put slowly on solids.
Herbs for Baby Colic
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Use the following herbs as a tea or in a glycerin extract:
Catnip and Fennel is the classic pair that helps most children; although they can be used separately.
Fennel breaks up gas, bloating and intestinal distress.
Cumin can be used when the other herbs don’t work. It works similarly to release gas, bloating, and generally indigestion.
Cell Salts to Help with Baby Colic
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
These soft pellets are ideal for infants and toddlers:
#8 Mag phos 6X – cramping, colic
#10 Nat phos 6X – acidity, digestion, bloating
#11 Nat sulph – digestive, liver health, gas
Baby Colic Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Because infants can’t tell you what is going on, choose a specific remedy or try Hyland’s colic tabs or Boiron’s Colic tablets to good effect.
When there is a more specific indication, use one of the following remedies:
Colocynthis – intestinal distress that is seen when the baby doubles over or desires to be held around the belly.
Dioscorea – colic symptoms displayed when the baby arches their back to get relief.
Chamomilla – when the child screams from anger or colic and cannot be easily consoled and has chopped spinach-like stools.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes